Tuesday, November 01, 2011

ABC Wednesday

The letter P

P is for Paderewski

and here is Ignacy Jan Paderewski playing Frederic Chopin;  a Nocturne, A Waltz and his beautiful Etude in A Minor, Opus 25/11

Paderewski was a famous Polish pianist, who from his early childhood had a great interest in music.  He
made his musical debut im Vienna in 1887 and his brilliant playing inspired extravagant praise both in Europe and the United States.

During World War 1 Paderewski became an active member and spokesman of the Polish National Committee and in 1919 he became the Prime Minister of a newly independent Poland,and subsequently the Polish Ambassador to the League of Nations.

In 1922 he retired from politics and returned to his musical life, touring the United States 
in a private railway car with great success.  He was a wit, and a raconteur, and he once recalled "I established a certain standard of  behaviour, that, during my playing, there must be no talking.  When they began to talk I would stop.  I would say 'I am sorry to interrupt your conversation.  I deeply regret that I am obliged to disturb you, so I am going to stop for a while to allow you to continue talking'.  an effective ploy.

Paderewski died in 1941, still touring, still delighting his audience with his brilliant playing......

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Kay L. Davies said...

Even though he died before I was born, I have been familiar with his name all my life. The great ones live on, don't they?
A super choice for the letter P, my friend!

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Roger Owen Green said...

I have at least one recording of his music; I'll have to look it up now!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent post - love the header!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this informative post. He plays well and I love Chopin's music . You always choose wonderful music!

jabblog said...

Like Kay, I have been familiar with Paderewksi all my life.

The 94-year-old recording demonstrates remarkably the crispness of his playing.

SoulDragon said...

Oh, this is great! I studied his piano minuet, and my grandfather had an old 78 rpm record of him playing. I wish we still had it.

Gigi Ann said...

I love his thinking about no talking while he played. I, too, have heard of him, and I loved your choice of music for us to listen to. I didn't say a word while I listened.

Carver said...

What a great person to feature for the P post.

helenmac said...

A perfect post for the ears! Thank you!
ABC Wednesday Team

nonizamboni said...

What a delightful post with Chopin in the background! Paderewski was a favorite of my dad so I heard him a lot growing up. . .he had an interesting life outside of his music.
Always a nice visit with you.

Jo Bryant said...

great choice - wonderful

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

This was a really interesting post and I LOVED the recording.

chubskulit said...

Perfect PICK for P! Late visiting from ABC Wednesday!

Hand and Foot Prints is my P, please come and see.